Koscielny steals late win for Arsenal

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Not for the first time this season Arsenal struck late on to secure victory as they beat newly-promoted Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor on Sunday.

  • Burnley 0 Arsenal 1
  • Still goalless at half-time
  • Sanchez strikes the post
  • Keane heads against crossbar
  • Koscielny scores last-gasp winner

Match Summary

Both teams went close to breaking the deadlock in the closing stages of the match, with Alexis Sanchez striking the outside of the right post for the Gunners before Michael Keane sent his header crashing against the crossbar for Sean Dyche's side.

But the Clarets' hopes of snatching a share of the spoils were dashed in stoppage time when a corner from Theo Walcott bounced off Laurent Koscielny to beat Tom Heaton at his far post and give the visitors all three points.

Full Report

Neither keeper was seriously tested in the first half as the north Londoners created the majority of the chances in Lancashire.

Sanchez saw his shot from a narrow on the right deflected wide of the far post by Walcott after just four minutes, before a scuffed effort from Mesut Ozil was easily gathered by Tom Heaton seven minutes later.

The hosts wasted a good opportunity on the quarter-hour mark when George Boyd fired wide of the target from range when it might have been better to pass to a team-mate.

Sam Vokes should have broken the deadlock on 38 minutes after he was picked out by Matt Lowton's cross, but his header went sailing over the crossbar from 10 yards out.

Vokes squandered another chance early in the second half when he failed to make clean contact with Lowton's delivery, while at the other end Heaton denied Sanchez before Walcott blazed an effort over from 20 yards out.

Petr Cech came to the Gunners' rescue on the hour mark as he pulled off a fine one-handed save to keep out Johann Berg Gudmundsson's downward header from Stephen Ward's cross.

Sanchez was a fraction away from opening the scoring on 73 minutes with a shot from inside the area that struck the wrong side of the post, before the home team were denied by the woodwork when Keane headed Gudmundsson's cross against the bar two minutes later.

But Burnley were cruelly denied a share of the spoils at the death as Walcott's corner struck Koscielny on the arm and went in, the referee turning away appeals for handball on the French defender.